News & Analysis: NGOs

The Impact of COVID-19 on African Civil Society Organizations

“The report presents a snapshot of the impact of COVID-19 on African CSOs, as well as the many ways that they are responding to the crisis while safeguarding their organizations. It also highlights opportunities that emerged from the crisis and crucial challenges which need to be addressed in support of the recovery and sustainability of African CSOs.”

via Epic Africa & AfricanNGOs

Interview with Betty Wilkinson: Financial Stress and Pathways for COVID-19 Resilience in Zambia

Betty Wilkinson, CEO, Financial Sector Deepening Zambia, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about the economic impacts of the pandemic in Zambia and the way her group and others are responding.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Surgisphere Fallout Hits African Nonprofit’s COVID-19 Efforts

“Surgisphere Corporation, an Illinois-based company founded in 2008 by vascular surgeon Sapan Desai, has come under fire in recent days for failing to obtain independent validation for datasets used in two high-profile studies in The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine. Both papers are now retracted.”

via The Scientist

COVID-19’s Impact in Kenya: Reflections from Joy Doreen Biira

Kenya-based journalist, Joy Doreen Biira shares her thoughts on COVID-19’s impacts in the Kibra slum in Nairobi, the community response, and what the priorities for a ‘new normal’ should be.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Experts warn coronavirus will divert resources from killer diseases

“Aid groups fear this ‘resource steal’ will result in other illnesses, from HIV and TB to malaria and dengue fever, being neglected as finite resources are diverted to deal with COVID-19, costing lives today and storing up huge problems for the future.”

via Financial Times

Prisons in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Africa

“There have been calls to release detainees, usually coming from NGOs (in South Africa and Cameroon for example) and lawyers (in Algeria), in order to allow health authorities to be able to monitor and protect the prison environment.”

via African Arguments

The Irrelevance of NGOs in Tanzania

“This change has brought about another debate about the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Nowhere is this debate about NGOs more palpable than in my home country of Tanzania, where at the time of writing the East African nation had recorded a total of 480 confirmed coronavirus cases, 18 deaths and 167 recoveries.”

via Africa is a Country

How to protect women from violence under lockdowns? Send cash.

“In the first four days of the national lockdown, calls doubled and data free messages increased more than tenfold. The centre now receives up to 1,000 calls a day from women and children reporting trauma and abuse. The government said last week that gender-based violence has continued to rise as the lockdown goes on.”

via African Arguments

COVID-19 Aid: Better Visibility Matters for the Quality of the Response

“Even as funders limit ex-ante conditions for receipt of funding, they should establish clear standards for tracking and reporting the allocation and uses of aid—and commit to making this information publicly available.”

via Center for Global Development

The humanitarian response to COVID-19 in Somalia will increase capital flight and violent conflict

“In the immediate term, mass humanitarian assistance creates a high risk of Somalia’s top elites diverting critical resources for their own benefit and creating capital flight from the country. This is already well underway.”

via Africa at LSE